The Harsh Verbal Abuse, Physical Pain, And Unfair Treatment Of Slaves

1146 Words Apr 11th, 2016 5 Pages
The harsh verbal abuse, physical pain, and unfair treatment of slaves is already a commonly talked about topic in history classes around the country. The after effects of slavery, however, is a less familiar subject matter. Education is an obvious necessity in building a career and life for oneself. Slaves were deprived of this opportunity and after emancipation continued to face hardships while building schools and finding educators. Aside from the undeniable physical pain slaves had to suffer through, mental and psychological pain also stuck with many, years after freedom. Despite all of this, many African Americans were able to fend for themselves after freedom, some even writing autobiographies. Solomon Northup is an example of one of these people, but there are still questions revolving around him. One may wonder, what happened to Northup after his book? Was he able to fully recover from the mental and physical pain of being enslaved? Historians have many theories debating these questions, among others. While millions of slaves were emancipated after the Civil war and thousands went in different directions, the one commonality between them was the challenges that continued even after so called “freedom”.
Because of the lack of physical freedom during enslavement, many slaves attempted to educate themselves in hopes of finding intellectual freedom. Too often this failed, resulting in physical consequences. After freedom, many “Schools for Freed Peoples” were founded,…

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